At home we called it 'the taxi cab.'
Shocking. Normally I'd have painted right over it, but took it as something of a challenge to rid the desk (and the western hemisphere) of this color. Let the stripping commence.
It took awhile. And see those top outside drawers? Interesting (in a good way) contour, but there was no access to the screws holding on the pulls. I puzzled over that one for awhile, ultimately to discover (thanks Dad) that there was a dowel system in place to install the pull on both drawers. Getting the existing screws sawed off took a special Dremmel saw attachment and a time-intensive effort. Again, golf-clap for Dad.
Worth it? Worth it.
Body talk [eyebrow raise]. I'd read people writing diabolical accounts of the dreaded, deadly-treacherous red mahogany stain. If only I'd known that removing the cornea-damaging yellow wasn't the end of the transgressions visited upon this poor desk; I began to paint the body in off-white only to see a reddish-pink color staining through each coat (...after coat, after coat, after coat). I switched to Kilz primer after four coats. Bunch of passes with Kilz, then finally one more with the paint. I wondered how this would work when it came time to distress.
In music, a hemiola is a rhythm of three beats against two. I wasn't feeling like being symmetrical and wanted to see how some of the drawers would look stained, some painted. After a lengthy search for 2.5" pulls that work on contoured drawers (ooof, kids), results below...